Niskayuna Acting Police Chief Fran Wall gets kicked out by colleagues, family and officials
Niskayuna – Retired Acting Police Chief Fran Wall walked through the door of the Niskayuna Town courtroom and greeted two rows of officers to attention as she left the town hall one last time as a police officer on Friday.
Minutes before departure, Wall, a 36-year-old police veteran, made a few remarks to the men and women with whom she worked and served.
“To the people of Niskayuna Town, thank you for allowing me to serve and protect you for almost 36 years,” she said, addressing the nearly 50 people present. “It has been a very rewarding career in the service of the city. For the officers of the Niskayuna Police Department, it has been an honor and a pleasure to work alongside each of you. Keep up with all the great work you do for our city and our residents and stay safe. “
She thanked her family for all their support over the years.
Wall briefly parted ways to regain her emotion before continuing in tears to say that she wanted her son to escort her on his last outing as an officer.
Wall announced in a statement emailed to the department on June 3 that she would be retiring, citing issues with the city’s lack of support for changes in the department, including the level of staff.
Wall had been appointed acting head of the department in July 2020 following the administrative leave and subsequent retirement of Dan McManus.
Wall was the likely choice for the chef’s post after the chief exam test results were announced, supervisor Yasmine Syed said.
Although Wall was represented by the Niskayuna Police Benevolent Association, its president, Officer Chris Henry, said Wall was the mother of the whole department.
“I call her mum Fran,” he said.
During the six and a half years that Henry worked with Wall, he said she had always supported him.
“I love Franie, she is the best,” he said.
Officer Marra Walter said Wall was definitely a mother figure in the department. The fact that she was also a woman of the force was also important to Walter.
“It’s a lot easier to relate to her,” she said.
Deputy Chief Michael Stevens was tasked with overseeing day-to-day operations until another Chief could be appointed. Stevens, Sgt. Todd Frenyea and Sgt. Jordan kochan are vying for the post of chef.
Wall took the time to hug nearly everyone who attended his ceremony. She said she plans to spend more time with her granddaughter now that she is retired.
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